People try all sorts of things to sleep. They try to clear their mind, breathe a certain way, read the most boring thing they can find, etc. None of this works because nothing PUTS you to sleep. Sleep happens, you don’t make it happen.
But there is one thing that must happen for you to fall asleep, and it one one of the most natural, human things you do! And you do it all the time.
Have a listen to lucky episode 13 of Sleep On It! to find out!
In episode 9 of the Sleep On It podcast, I describe the rhythmic nature of sleep which, when lined up with the obvious natural sleepiness that builds the longer you are awake, helps you fall asleep at a consistent time each night. But lining up these two sleep drives isn’t done at bedtime. Have a listen to hear how you can make this alignment, and how two guys deep in a Kentucky cave last century showed that the sleep/wake rhythm is not as exact as you might think!
In episode 8 of the Sleep On It! podcast, I go over the absolute most important thing for someone who has asked me for guidance with their sleep to keep in mind. It is something that must be fully understood and acknowledged. And the best part is that we all know what it is and it’s really simple, but at the same time very challenging.
In episode 7 of Sleep On It!, I (eventually) get to 5 things to do/consider/understand prior to embarking on CBTI. For example, have you talked with your doctor about your sleep? Are there any simple/obvious things to take care of first? Are you even ready to make behavioral changes to improve your sleep? If so, let’s gooooo!
Showed my amateur status as a blues harp player with not my strongest effort this time. But will step it up with more practice and open mics!
In episode 6 of Sleep On It! I go over the questions I like to ask of someone who asks for my help with his or her sleep. This can help characterize the type of sleep trouble the person is having and provide insight into which of the CBTI-based strategies might be most effective. It can also help determine if the sleep problem is insomnia or sleep sleep deprivation, which are very different, and help the person develop a list of questions for their doctor.
Watch for my interview with sleep specialist Dr. Daniel Erichsen which should be available soon! And as always, enjoy a little blues!
In episode 5 of the Sleep On It! podcast, I talk about a way to make the most effective part (stimulus control) of the most effective way of overcoming insomnia (CBT-I) better. And it’s not doing a bunch of push-ups or joining the Army! It’s a really cool type of intensive sleep training, and it can work fast. How fast? That’s up to you.
Improved the sound quality with some microphone setting adjustments – thanks everyone for being patient while I figure out the technical stuff! And for those who have asked, it’s a B-flat Lee Oskar harmonica.
In episode 4 of the Sleep On It podcast, I talk about how getting better at perceiving your sleep can be improved, how that leads to better sleep and less insomnia. The best way to do this is by using a collection of strategies designed to change behaviors, habits and thinking patterns about sleep called Cognitive/Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). The most supported of all the CBT-I strategies is called Stimulus Control: making the association between the bed and sleep stronger (think Pavlov’s dogs, but without the drooling). Enjoy!
Episode 3 of Sleep On It! podcast has me (“The Harpoleptic”) talking about sleep tracking with a wrist device, how that might actually not be good for people with insomnia (but they look cool!), and how there is no physical test for chronic insomnia (it’s subjective). Made some helpful adjustments to my microphone and software and podcast audio sounding better!
In episode #2 of the Sleep On It! podcast, I describe how our body systems are definitely not in a “time out” while we sleep, especially in REM. Hear a very interesting quote from the author of Don Quixote. Blues harp sounding a little better!
I have decided to do a regular podcast called Sleep On It! I will be talking all things sleep: what we know about sleep, what we used to think sleep was, what happens during sleep, what happens to us with too little sleep, how to sleep better, and…me playing a little blues harmonica for bumper music! It’s my new thing, and you can hear me get better (hopefully!) with each podcast.
I just finished my initial recording – decided I just needed to get started and figure things out as I go! You can listen below. I will try to keep them short, around 5 min of me talking, and I will try my hardest to keep them interesting. Who knows, you might get a chuckle, learn something, and even start sleeping better! Shoot me an email if you’d like me to talk about something specific!